Guest post by April Becker

Jiu-Jitsu and Judo are probably two of the most popular forms of martial arts today. One thing for sure is that both martial arts require a lot of physical action and throwing, and both can cause a lot of injuries if needed. Fitness is an important aspect of all our lives and everyone has their go-to plan and form of exercise to do so. Forms of martial arts such as Jiu-Jitsu and Judo help in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and in the process of bodybuilding

A Jiu-Jitsu match (Image Source: Pixabay)

While Jiu-Jitsu and Judo may share several similarities, they also have many differences that distinguish them. Jigoro Kano attempted to reinvent jiu-jitsu in the late 19th century by eliminating its more violent elements to emphasize a holistic approach to martial arts, one that emphasizes physical and mental well-being. He named his latest judo, the ‘Gentle way’. Jiu-Jitsu is a style of combat that the Samurai warriors had created. It is considered one of the oldest martial arts in Japan and was founded during the Feudal Era out of necessity. We bring to you three key differences between Judo and Jiu-Jitsu.

1. The biggest difference between Judo and Jiu-Jitsu has to be the set of rules. Judo focuses more on the standing element of moving and tossing their opponents down to the ground. On the other hand, Jiu-Jitsu focuses more on the techniques of ground fighting to control and acquiesce opponents to the ground. In Jiu-Jitsu the primary aim is to make your opponent submit. Also, you can get points by taking a better position or by sweeping your opponent. The objective is to score more points than your opponent. While in Judo, you have to score an ippon (one full point) by throwing your opponent to the ground.

A Judo match (Image Source: Pixabay)

2. A Jiu-Jitsu match lasts between 4 minutes and 10 minutes depending on your belt class or which organization of the tournament you join. A standard Judo match lasts 4 minutes. The match starts from a standing position in the middle of the mats. At the start, the players bow and tag hands. In the Jiu-jitsu match if no one has submitted then the decision is made based on who has acquired more points.

3. A modern Judo uniform is much looser and longer than the standard one. This looseness makes it much easier for the opponent to grip the sleeves. Jiu-Jitsu uniforms are designed to represent the body of the person. It has a tapered fit which is much nicer.

Depending on your choice, you’ll possibly pick one art over the other. Both are excellent martial arts to learn and it is never too late to pick one of them and improve your fitness and health by practicing them. Martial artists could also benefit from some cross-training; if you’re into calisthenics, you can check out some great equipment at